Sarkisian Tells Turks He Didn’t Need Diaspora’s Permission

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BURSA, Turkey—Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian arrived in the Turkish city of Bursa on Wednesday ahead of the Turkey-Armenia soccer match and during a meeting with Turkish leaders he said he was not asking the Diaspora’s permission about the protocols but rather telling them of a government decision.

“I have not tried to inform people in order to receive permission from the Armenian Diaspora. I wanted to convey a decision of the Armenian Government to the Diaspora and held meetings to update them,” said Sarkisian as reported by the Anadolu News Agency.

“There could be individuals with different thoughts in both countries. What is important is to see that the number of the people thinking positively about our steps in the majority,” added Sarkisian, according to Anadolu.

In his remarks, Sarkisian said the protocols were a crucial step, adding that he had experienced difficulty while trying to inform certain circles about the process.

During a meeting of both countries’ delegations, Turkish President Abdullah Gul declared “We are not writing history, we are making history,” adding that making history cannot take place in a single day.

“This is a process. We have witnessed together that we can solve the difficult problems within this process,” added Gul.

Sarkisian and Gul are due to attend a return match of their countries’ national soccer teams, which was scheduled to take place at 11 a.m. Pacific Time.

Sarkisian, accompanied by Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian and other Armenian officials, arrived at Bursa airport late in the afternoon. He was greeted there by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in an official ceremony broadcast live by Armenian and Turkish television. Sarkisian smiled as he watched a brief performance by Turkish folk dancers.

The two presidents were to have dinner before heading to Bursa’s Ataturk Stadium. Gul will give a reception in honor of his Armenian counterpart after the match. It was not clear if they will make public statements after the talks as they did in Yerevan last year. A statement issued by Sarkisian’s office earlier in the day said the president will first visit Armenia players and coaching staff to “encourage” them ahead of the politically charged game.

Turkish authorities mounted tight security measures in and around the stadium hours before the match. Turkish media has reported that thousands of uniformed and plainclothes security personnel will be deployed there to avoid possible provocations. Fans will only be allowed to carry Turkish and Armenian flags. Turkish officials have banned fans from chanting political slogans and displaying Azerbaijani flags at the match.

Ticket sales have been restricted, with most distributed to students of military academies, police and their families, according to media reports. President Gul has met with leaders of fans groups to personally ask them not to overshadow the game and return the “hospitality” with which he himself was greeted in Yerevan.

AFP news agency reported that in a gesture to their Armenian guests, the Turkish fans were expected to greet them in the stadium by singing a folk song about a blonde lover, which is popular in both Turkey and Armenia.

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  1. Stepan Sargsyan said:

    To the editors of Asbarez:

    Have you seen the following article? Is it true:

    “Turkish diaspora in United States refused the offer of Armenian diaspora organizations in United States who supports signing of the protocols, when they called Turkish diaspora to help against Armenians in America who protest against the protocols. Chairman of Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) Gunay Evinch refused the offer stating that it is ’interior problem’ of Armenian diaspora. … Evinch wrote that Armenian organizations asked for participation of ATAA to the demonstrations of Armenian organizations towards paying support tothe policies of Serzh Sarksyan.”

    http://www.historyoftruth.com/news/gunay-evinch-rejects-the-offer-of-armenian-diaspora-4228.html

  2. Daniel Berberian from Argentina said:

    Ok Mr. Salkisian, If you think in that way, do you prefer that we don`t send money anymore ? Remember that we are armenians too, our granparent had to leave or had die in 1915 !!!

  3. Serouj said:

    The above post by Stepan is interesting but shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. We know very well that certain Armenian organizations have maintained ties with the ATAA in the past.

    Here is a picture of Van Krikorian (a board member of the Armenian Assembly of America) speaking at an ATAA banquet a few years back:

    http://stoptheprotocols.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/2.jpg

    Not surprising but, nevertheless, despicable.

  4. Osik said:

    There is a total misunderstanding; we are dealing with a chess game named “Cold War”; there are just two players and it started after WW II, it looks like those two players want to stop playing to bring some order to their Homes, the rest is just dressings and decorations; forget about Armenian/Turkish FMs forget about Gule/Erdoghan & Sarkissian they are just characters on that chess board.
    Putin by smashing Georgia’s aggression in the South Ossetia disturbed the flow of the Baku oil to EU; Bush by not intervening sent the second powerful message on behalf of Russia to Aliyev family for getting in bed with western oil companies, the first one was when USSR collapsed and Russia was in disarray; some of its former republics including Armenia and Azerbaijan started flirting with West; at that time the senior Aliyev (Heydar) was in power started negotiating with western oil companies.
    In Armenian side the first president LTP came to LA, picked up Raffi Hovannisian as his FM, then got involved in a losing war with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Gharabagh, next year the young FM of Armenia having the “Armenian Genocide” on his agenda which was against Turkey a strong US ally, got fired for expressing those ideas, which it makes it easy to understand where the order came from.
    The Victorious Azerbaijan army was pushing towards Gharabagh; mean while Aliyev (The father) was signing deals with W. oil companies; when, Gharabagh’s Armenian leaders (most probably headed by R. Kocharian) contacted Russians, hibernated Russia woke up, the guns turned around facing Azeri side; they got pushed back, Arthakh and more lands were liberated, LTP was toppled, that brought Kocharian to power, and peace and tranquility to Armenia and to the region in general.
    When Georgia learned its lesson Aliyev (the son) started kissing Putin’s boots offering him part of the Caspian oil but Putin refused , those events also angered Bush and he threatened to deploy a new missile system in Eastern Europe in another word he refueled the cold war.
    Then there was another attempt in Armenia, AKA March 1st disaster, where LTP failed and the second man in command of Gharabagh war took power in Armenia.
    After that failed attempt; on August 1st 2008 Marie L. Yovanovitch was appointed as US Ambassador, I think she was the one who started whispering the “Protocol” and “Soccer Diplomacy” in Sarkissian’s ears, there was just one big obstacle on the way of this plan and that was the mad Russia, but when President Obama took power, announced his peace plan with all US enemies, then sent Clinton and offered to cancel Bush’s missile deployment plan; he succeeded; that broke the Ice and Putin lowered his guards, and “OPENED HIS FIST” as Obama wanted.
    The rest of the names and claims here and there are just blowing on the wind my friends.
    To my knowledge the only legal way that Armenia can drag itself out of this big hole is to UNITE and WITHOUT ANNOUNCING ANY NEW PRESIDENT(S) Get out to streets and peacefully, that is without any violence raise their voices until the Armenian Parliament burns this So-Called “Protocol” in public, and it would be up to President Sarkissian to accept and stay or to step down.

  5. Tamara Mananian said:

    This article is unacceptable! How dare Mr. President think that he doesn’t need “permission” from the Armenian diaspora.. We are Armenians after all and we were forced to leave our homeland due to the genocide. It has not been pleasant in the least for the last 2 generations of armenians to immigrate to foreign lands and adapt to different culures, lifestyles, ways of thinking.. It has been so hard for so many of us, battling with our identity, trying desperately to instill armenian roots in other people’s countries. We have fought so hard to build churches and schools in order to keep our heritage alive. To neglect everything, to change history without the consent of the armenian people is completely unfair. I wonder how Mr. President would feel if he lived through what every diasporan armenian lived through. We don’t have a say in signing away our ancestors history. This fake diplomacy between the 2 countries is quite sickening. I am ashamed as an Armenian to have a president who can attend a soccer match to celebrate the signing of the protocols and then break bread with “the enemy”. It’s such a sad time for Armenians but we will continue the fight, the fight for our rights, the fight for our freedom and the fight for a united Armenia.

  6. Ishkhan Babajanian MD said:

    To:
    “Dr. Ishkhan *Babajanian”
    Ishkhan Babajanian MD on October 15th, 2009 at 3:12 am

    Americayits – Berddzor/Karabakh Kashtagi Buzh miavorman Hivandanits Dr. Buniatian dalton(Artsakh)
    ————————————————————————————————————————————— MI ANGHAM YEVES ANIN DZAKHVETSAV YEV 1.5 MILLION MER NAHATAKNERI SHIRIMNERE PGHDZVETSAN **********************************************
    Shat Sireli Dalton/Artsakh, Hishum es Berdzorum dzer tane yerb Vorbatsadz , yev serbatsadz Anin eink yerghum boloris achkerum yev artasuk kar yev huys…
    Aysor heravor Amerikayum Senyakums tkhur nstadz inks indz “Sghavor Anin” ei mrmnjum ankakh im kamkits sksetsi hakekal, Anahite lselov senyak mtav vrdovadz dzaynov asets ” “Spurki hamar hima Yerevann el Ani dartseretsin. Hima Vakhnum yem herte Karabaghin hasni”??

    Sireli yegbayr Dalton/Artsakh uzum yem im yev (millionavor Spurki Hayrenakitsneri) Hayatsknere yev Mtorumnere mi kani toghov ampopepel

    “gayle vran vochkhari morte aradz
    garnerun pahapan, hskog e daradz

    “Aklore karozchi verarku hagadz
    Ambion e yeler khelki ashtsek”—

    ‘Medzamedz mardike heru yen kanghnadz,
    Aspareze hambaknerin yen toghadz”—

    “Pordzank, haladznk yev negutyun azgeri glkhin
    inchpes ijanapari karavan kugan u kertan”…
    “Areve arants vakhenalu tsaytum e luyse
    Ampere depi aghotaran kughan u kertan”.—-

    “Harghank kez nahatak joghovurd,—
    Zark , yerb haladzum yen kez, Zark yerb pakum yen ko paravor entatske,—
    zark zark sharunak minchev, Ardarutyan u ijeshmartutyan vsem ghordze haghtanake”—

    Shat sireli Dalton/Artsakh hima Spurki millionavor mardik huysere mimiayn kapel yen karabaghi Heros joghovurdi yev nra ghekavarutyan vra, vor mer nakhnikneri nman mer Zuyk hayreniknere Pashtpanen yev kortseradz mer Azgi arzhanapatvutyune verakanghnatsnen ………. inchkan el Tshnaminere pak drneri hetevum noranor haka-hay davadrutyun mshaken Artsakhi joghovurde Ushim e yev Artun.

    Havatatsadz yenk vor Ghordznakanum Artsakhi/Karabaki heros joghovurde Zghush yev miaban u patrast e ir ankakhutyune, Azadutyune yev iravunke pashtpanelu………………………. Bolore, (minchev isk Turkern el ) lavateghyak yen vor Karabakhtsin Tarber e yev Yerbek Chi Handznvi Voyeve ijnshman Artsakhtsin ghite vor Artsakhe voch mi ghnov Dzakhu Che…
    KARABAGHI AZADUTYUNE YEV ANKAKHUTYUNE ARTSAKHI ZAVAKNERI “ARYAN GHINN” E YERASHKHVOREL
    Jermaghin Barevner kuyr Sonayin yev Yerekhanerin
    Sirov Ishkhan
    USA
    Oct.14 ,200

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  8. Mika said:

    You guys published a quote as “reported by the Anadolu News Agency”. Shame on you for not verifying your sources and trusting the Turkish media to put out such an unverified claim that may and will further divide our nation. Shame on Asbarez. 10:0 to Turkey.

  9. Ruzanna said:

    http://www.panorama.am/en/politics/2009/10/15/farmanyan/?sw

    Turkish media spread disinformation on President Sargsyan

    The Turkish Hurriyet spread information referring to the CNNTurk, as if the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan told a CNNTurk reporter in Bursa Wednesday that the Pan-Armenian tour mission was not convince the Armenians but rather inform them about the decision taken.

    President’s press secretary Samvel Farmanyan commented on this:

    “Armenian President had no briefings, made no statements in Turkey. As the chronicle shows, the decision on signing the protocols followed the 6-week public discussions, President’s Pan-Armenian tour and the National Security Council sitting with the abovementioned issue in agenda. Thus, the information spread by the Turkish media is evident disinformation.”

  10. Ruzanna said:

    Sireli hayrenakitsner,
    Petk e shat zguysh linel ev ch’enknel Turkiayi larats takarde. Turkere hima amen inch kanen larvatsutyun ev khzum arajatsnelu Spyurki ev Hayastani mijev, vore shat kvnasi erkustek!!! Petk e zgon linel!

    Kardatsek, khndrem storev hodvatse:
    ***
    http://www.panorama.am/en/politics/2009/10/15/farmanyan/?sw

    Turkish media spread disinformation on President Sargsyan

    The Turkish Hurriyet spread information referring to the CNNTurk, as if the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan told a CNNTurk reporter in Bursa Wednesday that the Pan-Armenian tour mission was not convince the Armenians but rather inform them about the decision taken.

    President’s press secretary Samvel Farmanyan commented on this:

    “Armenian President had no briefings, made no statements in Turkey. As the chronicle shows, the decision on signing the protocols followed the 6-week public discussions, President’s Pan-Armenian tour and the National Security Council sitting with the abovementioned issue in agenda. Thus, the information spread by the Turkish media is evident disinformation.”

  11. Samvel Jeshmaridian, PhD said:

    Mr. Sarksyan’s ball is in the Turkish court. Let’s see what decision will Turks make.

  12. D Tarpinian said:

    The history does not need to be reexamined. The Actions of the President were due to the fact that his head and ass are both in a vice. Armenians of the diaspora are worldwide and our opinions matter, not just the opinions of the Armenians living in Armenia.

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